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Probation cut for drug dealer, to serve 5 years
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Oct 31, 2013 | 2064 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Augusta man is headed to state prison to serve five years of a 10-year sentence despite the efforts of the Jones County Superior Court system to give him a second chance.

Lester Finley Jr. was adjudicated guilty, Oct. 17, by Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior, which means his first offender status was removed, and he was resentenced to 10 years with five years to serve in the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Finley pled guilty to robbery in Jones County Nov. 19, 2012. He was allowed to plea as a first offender, which kept him from having a felony charge on his record, because of an opportunity the defendant had for a football scholarship.

Alas, the scholarship did not happen and he was back in Jones County Superior Court last week facing probation revocation for new charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm in Richmond County.

The defendant was originally charged with armed robbery but was allowed to plead to the lesser charge of robbery as part of a plea agreement. The charge was connected to a home invasion that took place in December of 2010.

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